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Children love tinkering and building! Engineering toys develop many important learning skills and behaviors, like problem-solving skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and perseverance – all in the name of playing!
A wide range of engineering toys, games and DIY Kits are available across all ages from preschools up to adults. They are fun for the whole family and provide a great opportunity for families to bond in addition to inculcating engineering skills in children.
20 Engineering Games, Toys and DIY Kits
These are open-ended toys that allow children to exercise their imagination. Building ideas are limitless. From vehicles to structures to mazes, children can explore building and balance. There are loads of options to choose from.
Magna Tiles / Magformers
These are clear plastic blocks with magnets. They allow creative building and play. They attach with magnets on all sides, even when flipped around. Children are introduced to math concepts through play. Explore shapes, colors, symmetry, fractions and develop critical skills while having fun.
LEGO is one of the most popular, and best-selling, toys of all time and is a household name all over the world. Most sets give a blueprint with simple, step-by-step instructions. While some kids follow these instructions to the letter, others see them as guidelines and free-build their way to something completely unique. There is a wide variety to choose from for kids of all ages – Lego Duplo, Lego Technic, Lego Mindstorm and more!
K’NEX provides creative building sets for kids to stimulate curiosity & imagination. The K’NEX product line has building toys specially designed for boys and girls in every age group and skill level, which includes roller coaster building sets, preschool engineering toys, and STEM toys for kids. A great set for primary/elementary aged children, K’Nex sets include collections of rods, connectors, and bricks for children to use in construction. With a range of more open-ended sets and single construction projects, K’Nex sets remind me a little of Lego but with a whole different world of possibilities thanks to the shapes of the pieces.
A wide array of engineering kits helps kids develop an aptitude for technology. These are fun-filled, exciting, thought-provoking and developmental tool or toys!
Sturdy and easy to build snap build pieces snap, click and pop together to form joints that rotate, axels that spin, limbs that extend and lots more there’s no limit to what kids can build from animals to aeroplanes, from trucks to transformers snap build is a unique building set that moves after kids put them together so kids can continue playing with their snap build creations instead of just looking at them. These toys stimulate creativity and imagination and helps develop children’s construction skills whilst having fun.
Electronics Discovery Kits
Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with this kit and let them have fun learning to build circuits with these colorful electronics discovery pieces that easily snap together
This solar energy educational kit by Kit4Curious can be used to practically learn about solar energy conversion and applications. The kit includes high-quality solar plate with other basic components like motor, switches, LEDs, buzzer and wires etc. Components can be used to demonstrate solar to light energy, solar to mechanical energy, solar to sound energy, solar house, solar appliances, and many other solar projects.
The Genius Box “Tinkering Lab” kit integrates engineering and technology with science and math. The learning-driven, diverse, interactive and age-appropriate projects will introduce children to the basics of engineering principles and design. Engineering literacy with hands-on projects will promote interest in S.T.E.M.
This is a classic DIY educational wooden tools chair by Shumee toys that can be constructed as a bright colorful chair. It comes with a hammer, spanner and a screwdriver along with screws, bolts to complete the construction experience and give a real-life feel. This kit stimulates curiosity & creativity while encouraging crafting techniques. This is every kid’s first do-it-yourself project! A great toy for pretend play and to spark the imagination in your little builder.
This DIY construction kit has sticks which are used to build structures. This toy stretches a child’s imagination while helping him develop motor skills thus building a foundation in engineering.
Explore hydraulics and engineering with build your own hydraulic crane with these kits by Smartivity and The Curious Brain.
Let your child build his own flying machine and soar to the sky as he learns the basic concepts of rotational motion and flight. This toy consists of 2 gears of different speed, 2 types of wings for the flyers, and a unique mechanism to change the angle of the wings. This ingenious kit packs a great chunk of learning which children will observe and understand over a period as they play and experiment. Having wide and endless possibilities of gameplays children can train themselves to master the art of launching and controlling the flight path.
Learn rainwater harvesting hands-on with this DIY Kit by Butterflyfields.
This kit by ToyKraft is really a unique compilation in which the metal construction enthusiast is provided with an absolute treat in constructing a diverse range of cranes. Right from the ever-popular tower crane to gantry, dockside, container, level luffing and rail mounted cranes can be assembled using the components provided in this mind-blowing kit. The model building exercises will provide valuable insight on the functioning of these magnificent machines.
An easy DIY Windmill by Funwood Games.
These blocks with spinning gears attract kids with its magic and movement. It helps children in enhancing their creativity to develop new designs by interlocking these building blocks, boosting their motor skills.
The award-winning 3Doodler Start allows kids to bring their ideas to life in 3D. With the 3Doodler Start Robotics Pen Set children can engineer the future! This is a perfect toy set for your budding roboticist and engineer. A step-by-step Activity Guide is included to create simple robots two-legged, four-legged and six-legged walking or crawling robots!
This gravity-powered logic maze by ThinkFun is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The towers can be arranged in a wide variety of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you’ll have to think carefully to build a path that will carry your marble to the Target Tower.
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